For John, BLUF: Food prices are probably going up. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The Wall Street Journal we have this news on immigration, "Visa Glitch Stalls Workers, Straining U.S. Farms".
A computer failure has prevented the U.S. from issuing thousands of temporary and immigrant visas since June 9, leaving agricultural workers stranded at the border just as the summer harvest gets under way.If we can't get the legal immigration system to work properly, what are the odds we will be able to deal with illegals? Or, is this just a cover?
“It’s a crisis,” said Jason Resnick, general counsel for the Western Growers Association, which represents farmers in California, Arizona and Colorado.
He said that more than 1,000 workers who expected H-2A agricultural visas are stuck on the Mexican side of the border, where motels are overflowing. The workers are overdue to start harvesting berries and other crops on U.S. farms. Mr. Resnick estimated that California agriculture, already stressed by drought, is losing $500,000 to $1 million for each day of delay.
Regards — Cliff